Google Chrome is by far the world’s most popular web browser. But with that, users have grown to have certain expectations. One of those is a dark mode. The idea of dark mode is that it makes the screen easier on your eyes in a low- or no-light setting. Of course, there are still some questions about the extent to which dark themes are really better for your eyes, but it’s certainly useful in certain circumstances.
There are a few different ways to enable dark mode in Chrome, though weirdly it’s not quite as simple and obvious as it should be. Here’s how to do it.
Enable Chrome Dark Mode in Desktop
Whether you’re using Windows 10 or macOS, the simplest – though not most effective – way of enabling dark mode in Google Chrome is to do it through your desktop. Note that this method will enable dark mode in all windows on your computer, not just Chrome, and it will only change the Chrome window into dark mode, not actual online content. But it’s a start.
To do this in Windows 10, right-click the desktop background and click Personalise. Then click Colours and change the “default app mode” to Dark.
In macOS, got to “System Preferences -> General -> Appearance” and click the Dark option.
Enable Chrome Dark Mode in Flags
The previous option has its limitations. Within Windows apps it may invert all the blacks and whites, but it doesn’t change the actual content of websites you’ll be browsing. To convert the contents of every website you visit into dark mode, you’ll need to go into Chrome Flags (note that this method also works for the Android version of Chrome).
In the Chrome address bar, type chrome://flags then in the “Search flags” window, type “dark mode”.
From the options that appear, click the dropdown next to “Force Dark Mode for Web Contents”, click Enabled, then relaunch your browser.
Enable Chrome Dark Mode on iOS
As is often the case with customisation features, iOS is lagging a bit behind the others in terms of implementing a dark mode. There’s no word of official dark mode support yet, so the closest thing you can do is invert the colours across the entire OS.
To do this, go to “Settings -> General -> Accessibility -> Display Accommodations”. Once you’re on this screen, tap “Invert Colours”, then the switch next to “Smart Invert” to turn it on.
Use Third-Party Dark Mode Extension
As you can see above, enabling dark mode isn’t quite as simple a process as it should be. So instead of jumping through those hoops, you can instead download a ready-made third-party Chrome extension that will let you turn on dark mode at the click of a button.
Super Dark Mode is a good option, not only giving you a dark mode toggle but a whole bunch of options including a whitelist to stop certain sites using dark mode. It also has a specialised dark mode for many of the most popular sites and social media platforms on the internet.
And that’s pretty much it for enabling dark mode in Chrome. There are a few ways to do it, with Chrome’s hidden Flags method arguably being the most effective – if not strictly the easiest – to implement. Here’s hoping that dark mode becomes a proper, established feature in a future version of the browser.